DISTILLERY

Introducing our newest & best Margaret River distillery

Since distilling our first gin and spirits a little over 12 months ago, our Margaret River distillery has been working not stop to bring you fantastic gins, pisco and other grape based spirits. Times have certainly been interesting for our small Margaret River distillery in 2020.

During the COVID crisis we temporarily expanded distillation with two extra stills and round the clock production and switched to making ethanol for hand sanitiser. Fortunately, things have settled down again and production of gin and grape based spirits is back to normal.We are still very excited about our newest venture.

Distillation is a dark art – part art, part science and part alchemy and we are learning, trying new techniques and recipes and perecting our techniques every day.

Since Wise Wine entered the fascinating world of spirits distilling with Margaret River’s newest distillery we have developed a core range of quality gins and spent much time road showing  our wares.

Margaret River Distillery

While we are famous for introducing Gin Gin Gin and being Australia’s only producer of Pisco, we have introduces other great Margaret RIver gins and spirits such Shiraz Gin, aromatic Pink Gin, spicey Ginger Gin, a ‘real mans’ Navy Gin, a certified Organic Gin and many more. Wise Distiller has a licence to push the boundaries and develop new and exotic flavour for us to enjoy.

You can watch theses and many other exotic spirits being distilled on site, sample them and take them home. The Australian designed and built ‘STILLDragon’ Still operates most days in our Tasting Room at the Wise Estate in Margaret River.

Our dream is to make great, small run gins and spirits to share with you and that we love too. Join us on our journey as we discover the delights of small run distilling.

The Wise Distillery is the only Margaret River distillery distilling its own chardonnay and other grape varieties on-site as the base for our spirits. This is done to retain the fruit aromatics of the wine to infuse into our range of spirits. All other local Margaret River Distillers and Gin producers purchase bulk ethanol from South Australia and simply flavour this with juniper berries and botanicals.

Distiller, Greg Garnish is passionate about traditional distillation. He uses pristine on-site rainwater and a range of secret recipes and techniques to make spirits that are unique and deliver a real ‘WOW’ factor. Greg invites all visitors to Margaret River to drop into the Wise Tasting Room and observe the Wise Still in operation at close quarters and taste the range.

 

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interesting ‘STILLDragon’ still facts:

Wise Margaret River Distillery
The Wise ‘STILLDragon’ Distillery
  • 380 Litre Kettle.
  • 6 heating elements and a steel reflux column.
  • 8 hours are required to distill one batch.
  • At full production this makes 60 litres of 80% spirit per day in two batch runs. That’s 160 bottles of WISE spirits per day.
  • We only use WISE WINE we make to distill into spirit – whereas almost all commercial stills use bulk ethanol manufactured in plants both here in Australia and from overseas.
  • The wines are made specifically for distillation different to table wines this is a closely guarded secret so we can’t tell you how :/
  • We use “Gingin” Chardonnay and other varietals  – again this is a closely guarded secret.
  • 9 litres of wine will give us 1 litre of 85% spirit.
  • The wine is heated to 80 degrees C. The methanol then evaporates (that’s the dangerous bit) after the “Heads” are captured and discarded we capture the “Hearts” – this is the soft sweet aromatic alcohol perfect for our spirits.
  • All our Gins are triple distilled a long and labour intensive process but the result is most certainly worth it.

the Wise Distillery Gin & Spirit range currently includes:

Our range of Wise Distillery spirits is constantly evolving as we try new techniques and ingredients. Here is our current range:

Signature Gin

This is the original Gin Gin Gin. Premium parcels of Margaret River Chardonnay ‘Gingin‘ clone have been triple distilled to craft this ‘Modern Australian Style‘. Juniper berries, lemon Myrtle, orange peel lead the fresh citrus aromatics with an exotic spice. The only addition is Margaret River rain water.

Pink Gin

Our Gin Gin Gin with the addition of Rose wine made with Shiraz grown here on the Wise property. The Gin Gin Gin characters of juniper berries, lemon myrtle and orange peel with a hint of summer fruits.

Organic Gin

The Wise Certified Organic Gin is a traditional London Dry Style Gin – albeit in the Wise way – big aromatics, and a full soft palate. Mix with tonic or try our recipes.

Ginger Gin

Strictly speaking not a gin but a Pisco that has been flavoured with a unique recipe of sugar syrup, ginger, ginseng & guarana. Take our Gin Gin Gin, add Ginger Ale, and a touch of lime = Chilcano cocktail – pour over ice = cocktail made.

Pisco

Australia’s only Pisco has been released. Premium Margaret River grapes distilled for the purpose of crafting Australia’s only Pisco. Fruity and floral aromatics with a soft round palate. It has a subtle wine flavour on the back palate and is diluted with Margaret River rain water. Used in South America as a base for many drinks including the famous Pisco Sour.

Mandarin Gin

Triple distilled gin is flavoured with mandarin and sugar syrup. Drink neat over ice or use in a cocktail.

Navy Gin

A Navy strength gin made in small batches with savoury juniper, coriander, star anise and native pepperberry. The palate is intense, powerful and juicy.

We are always experimenting with new flavours and techniques.

 

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Order your Wise Margaret River distillery spirits online:

Ordering your Wise Distillery spirits online is super easy.

Buying your Wise Margaret River Distillery spirits online is very cost effective and convenient. We use the secure PayPal payment system. You can pay with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover/Diners Credit Card, Visa or Mastercard, Debit Card or your Paypal account.

We will carefully pack and deliver promptly to your door or PO Box. Freight is $10 per bottle and free for orders $150 and over.

To make an online purchase, please select spirits from the list above, enter your name, phone, email and delivery details and click Click to place your order to complete your purchase. Wines are dispatched using Australia Post and typical delivery times are between three (WA) and ten working days (Eastern States).

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Signature Gin

Formerly known as Gin Gin Gin, this is our original Wise Gin. Junipers and botanicals - triple distil, this gin starts its life as a Gingin clone Margaret River Chardonnay. Juniper berries, lemon myrtle & citrus dominate the palate along with exotic spice the only addition is Margaret River rain water. Epic news just in from London: Wise Gingin Original Gin was one of only two West Aussie gins to receive a medal at the 2020 London Spirit Awards. This is HUGE! So we‘re proud to be making the best gin in Australia's South West and one of the two best gins in Western Australia  according to the judges in London. We’ll raise a glass to that!

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Pink Gin

Our Gin Gin Gin with the addition of Rose wine made with Shiraz grown here on the Wise property. The Gin Gin Gin characters with a hint of summer fruits.

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Ginger Gin

Strictly speaking not a gin but a Pisco that has been flavoured $75.00 with a unique recipe of sugar syrup, ginger, ginseng & guarana.

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Pisco

A pure spirit single distil from wine made here in the winery. It has a subtle wine flavour on the back palate and is dilluted with Margaret River rain water. Used in South America as a base for many drinks including the famous Pisco Sour. Wise pisco is a clear spirit, softly aromatic with floral and citrus notes. It is 40% alcohol by volume with a light mouthfeel and subtle wine flavours on the back-palate.

Where does Pisco get its name?

Traditional Pisco is made in the Pisco region of central south-west Peru and is claimed to be the Peruvian national drink, although neighbouring Chili also claims ownership of this grape wine distill. Whatever its providence we find our own version of Pisco a very interesting and tasty beverage.

How to make a Pisco Sour

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Wise Pisco
  • 30 ml Freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 15 ml Simple syrup
  • 1 Egg white
  • Garnish: Angostura bitters

Method

  1. Combine Wise Pisco, sugar syrup, egg white and juice with ice in a shaker and shake vigorously. The acidity of the juice emulsifies the egg white.
  2. Strain into a chilled glass over fresh ice.
  3. Strain and pour into a low ball glass with wedge of lemon or lime.Garnish with 2-3 drops of bitters.
Kick back and let the sun shine.

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Pisco Sour

Pisco that has had lemon and lime sugar spirit added. This can be used to made a Pisco sour just add an egg white and shake over ice.

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Organic Gin

The Wise Distillery is the only Margaret River distiller of Organic Gin distilled from our own chardonnay and other grape varieties on-site as the base for our spirits. This is done to retain the fruit aromatics of the wine to infuse into our range of spirits. Our dream is to make great, small run gins and spirits to share with you and that we love too. Join us on our journey as we discover the delights of small run dry gin distilling.

Our first Certified Margaret River Organic Gin

The process starts with carefully selected parcels of certified organic Gingin clone Chardonnay grown on certified organic Margaret River vineyards. The grapes are fermented and the wine base is then made at an organically certified Wise winery. The resultant organic wine is distilled giving a base alcohol. This base spirit is then triple distilled with certified organic botanicals being added for the final distil. This process is time consuming and requires great attention to detail, but it is all made worthwhile when you taste the final product. The exclusion of all chemical preservatives and additives leaves a crystal clear and stunning dry gin. The Wise Organic Gin has a smooth alcohol and is very much in the classic London Dry Gin style. The inspiration for a gin mde to organic principles came from customer feedback saying they were unhappy with the quality of mass-produced commercial gins. Tasters of Wise gins raved about the clean, natural aroma and flavour of gin distilled from organically grown Gingin clone chardonnay grapes and pristine Eagle Bay rain water. The Wise gins were essentially organic gins but without the certification. This customer feedback  encourages us to set about the process of gaining organic certification of the distillery and the range of gins through Southern Cross Certified.

Organic Botanicals

One of the secrets to a great Gin is in the botanicals used to flavour it. The natural oils and aromatic compounds are absorbed and infused as the botanicals are steeped and travel through the condensing coil as part of the vapour. We use 100% certified organic botanicals in our gin. These are chosen from a very few select suppliers who can meet organic certification requirements and who supply the finest botanicals. A blend of Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Angelica Root and Lemon Myrtle were used to flavour this gin.

Tasting Notes

Nose – Junipers, fresh pine needles, dried bay leaf, bath salts. Palate – Full and smooth, dry Juniper backbone which is followed by a broad and sweet spice on the mid palate. It has an underlying fruitiness and is subtly spiced with pepper, The finish is long smooth dry and with a touch of exotic spice, pepper and lemon. Wise Organic Gin – 700ml – 40% ABV For the cleanest, most natural way to enjoy your Organic Gin – pour over ice. Alternatively, mix with Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water and a twist of lemon or lime if you must. Or see below for our Gin Cocktail idea.

Organic Gin Cocktail Recipes

Tom Collis with Organic GIn
Tom Collins with Organic Gin

Greg's Gin & Tonic

Straight from Wise Distiller Greg Garnish. A classic G&T made with our Organic Gin to savour and enjoy at any time. According to Greg, the 'golden rule' for a great G&T is that you must add more gin than tonic water.
Ingredients
  • 60-75 ml Wise Margaret River Organic Gin
  • 60 ml Fever Tree Naturally Light Tonic Water
  • 2 slices of lemon or lime
Method
Chill your 200ml glasses, add ice, then one slice of lemon or lime, then your Organic Gin, then your tonic water and finally the second slice of lemon or lime. And that it, you instantly made the world a happier place.

Tom Collins

A great summer cool drink with the perfect ratio of sweet, sour and acloholic strength.
Ingredients
  • 60 ml Wise Organic Gin
  • 35 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml sugar syrup
  • Soda wate to serve
  • Garnish with lemon slice
Method
Add organic gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a shaker half-filled with ice. Stir to combine, strain into a tall glass with fresh ice cubes, top with soda, garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Wise Organic Gin available at:

Wise Organic Gin is currently only available through our Tasting Room at Wise Estate or Online – see our special offer below.

$80 per bottle - free shipping Australia Wide.

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Navy Gin

Navy Gin Tasting

A navy strength gin made in very small batches. It is saavoury with juniper, coriander, star anise and native pepperberry. The palate is intense powerful and juicy. Enjoy with tonic water. Wise Navy Gin - 700ml - 57% ABV

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Mandarin Gin

Mandarin Gin Tasting

We triple distil our gin base and then flavour the spirit with a syrup and mandarins. This is a liqueur similar to the famous triple sec liquer made in France. Drink neat over ice or use in cocktail.

Wise Organic Gin - 700ml - 40% ABV

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